Post # 1
Hello, my name is elizabeth Me and my fiancee just got engaged over christmas and we have decided to set our date for June 13th 2015 which is roughly 16 months away! (so anxious!) anyhow… I was curious as to what I should be doing planning wise right now?
Post # 3
@Bride2Bee2015: Congratulations, and welcome! There are lots of resources to help you – books, magazines, family members, and friends, who have gone through it before. I would start by determining your budget, and what general kind of wedding you want. What size? How formal? Local, or destination?
I would also discuss, together, who should be in your wedding party, and how big it should be. This is something we handled badly. If you have a good relationship with them, get your parents’ perspectives, since their experience, and indsight can be very valuable.
My biggest piece of advice, throughout the process, and this is because of my mistakes, not how perfectly I did it, is to be very considerate, and charitable, toward family. Yes, it is your wedding, but it is special for your loved ones too, because they care about the important things in your life. You don’t have to (and can’t) please everyone, all the time, but you should definitely care about how they feel, and the messages your actions, and decisions, send.
Post # 4
@Bride2Bee2015: You are still a ways out, but it wouldn’t hurt to decide on some major stuff like venue, photographer, or DJ. I’d start with that 🙂
Post # 5
@Bride2Bee2015: congratulations on your engagement and welcome to the bee!
You’ll find lots of helpful people here with great advice on what to do.
I would start with a rough guest list – and a budget. Those 2 things will decide a lot about your wedding planning 🙂
Post # 6
@Bride2Bee2015: you need to make a budget (weddingwire.com is awesome for that), find a venue, and make a guest list.
Post # 7
Budget and guest list first. Who’s coming and at what price. Then use a budget calculator as a guideline
Post # 8
Hi @Bride2Bee2015: As this is your DEBUT post here… a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
I would say the main stuff to nail down early is:
- Guest List
All of these are contingent on one another… Budget is most certainly the one thing that is going to effect ALL your Wedding Plans.
Hope this helps,
Post # 9
@Duncan: thank you so much for your input! family is definitely important to both of us! alot of my friends and family are crazy busy lately so I figured I post! lol 🙂
what we have done so far…
found and booked reception
found and booked ceremony
found and booked officiant
made our guest list
i already found my dress
looking at honeymoon options…
I’m guessing being 16months away there’s not much more I can do?
Post # 10
@Bride2Bee2015: wow! you’re on top of things! I’m only 4 months away and I don’t have my officiant booked yet! (although we’re meeting our top choice on Sunday)
Post # 11
That’s good advice from @MsGinkgo: I would add that, before working on the list of people, to think about how many guests you want at your wedding – that can really affects the cost, so it is also related to budget.
If you have a big budget, and you want to invite everyone you can think of, there is totally nothing wrong with that, and you don’t need to worry about it. But, if you do want, or need, to limit the guest list, it’s easier to set a number when it’s still just a number, not a list of people.
Post # 12
Woah! You are seriously on top of things!
You can check out decor and flower ideas!
Post # 13
@Bride2Bee2015: You seem to be very on top of it! I don’t think it’s never to early to start looking at venders that you want (DJ’s, caters, photographers and flowerists) People that book up are always a great start, espeically when you are in a high volume wedding month (June is a very high volume wedding month!)
But my best advice is to take some time to enjoy being engaged. It’s never a bad idea to sit back and enjoy just being with your FI and that your wedding is coming!
Post # 14
@Bride2Bee2015: You’ll want to book photographer and DJ/band next! The good ones tend to book up a year in advance. 🙂
Post # 15
And, since your guest list is set, you can ignore my advice on it, lol.
You guys are way on top of things. If you don’t have a budget figured out, I would do that next (noticed it wasn’t in your list, but you may have it well in hand already).
And of course, make sure the groom is on top of his attire! I will have no shortage of input there if you’d like to ask 😛
Post # 16
@MsGinkgo: aww lucky you!! lol yeah my mom tells me the mor you get done the less stress and more time to relax!! 🙂